Texas Ballot Measure SJR No. 43: "The constitutional amendment to authorize online poker gaming regulated under federal law."

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State of Texas Ballot Measure SJR No. 43: "The constitutional amendment to authorize online poker gaming regulated under federal law." [By: Sen. Leticia Van de Putte]

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A JOINT RESOLUTION proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize online poker gaming regulated under federal law.

This Joint Resolution if approved by voters in the State of Texas in November of 2013 will provide for a State constitutional amendment whereby if US federal law is enacted that establishes a licensing program to license the operation of online poker facilities and that allows any state the option of applying the law to authorize licensed online poker facilities to accept bets for online poker games from individuals located in the state that Texas automatically "opts-in" to such a federal regulatory system.

The Joint Resolution further provides that in the absence of US federal enabling legislation to implement the "opt-in" by the State, then the authority of Texas to

itself operate lotteries under Texas law shall also include the authority of the State agency that currently operates state lotteries to adopt rules to implement this joint resolution and the State agency shall adopt rules necessary to implement online poker in accordance with this resolution (if approved by the Texas voters) and in compliance with any applicable federal law that may exist at that time.

This proposed constitutional amendment in the State of Texas shall be submitted to the voters at an election to be held November 5, 2013. The ballot shall be printed to permit voting for or against the proposition: "The constitutional amendment to authorize online poker gaming regulated under federal law."

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